Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Great interview with Haile Gerima at Shadow & Act

From mid-2013.  Still great.  From the interview:

"S&A: If not a movement, are there any specific filmmakers that you find are doing interesting work?
HG: Well you know, they start and they disappear, and the reason is because they don't enter into joint relationships. Most, especially the young filmmakers, do not see strength in communal or collective existence. They just think they're going to conquer the world as individuals. There is no world like that. In cinema it's always, even in Hollywood, a collective surge.  A group of filmmakers enter and take over power. And so individual efforts do exist, which I've seen left and right, but they do not understand the collective, the communal, the importance of working together. And when you don't work together you can't emerge as a force. It becomes what some call a “lonely struggle” and individual self-destruction."
Read the rest of the interview at Shadow & Act.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Similar to 'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee', except it's film bloggers in apartments talking about film blogging

Indie Film Blogger Road Trip from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo.

All of the following methods of raising money for your indie art film biz are fine: self-financing, using money/pay from other work, crowdfunding, investors, grants, donations, making movies for $0, using profit from your film biz to make more movies, selling merchandise related to films...

Those plus whatever other methods you can think of will work for meeting the expenses of your indie art films.  Or your indie genre film or just indie film or film/movie - if one wants to be very simple about identifying the product or work being made.

Or one can try to work for a studio, work with other producers, work for a TV network, etc to get the movie or TV show made & out.  You might not fully own your work through this route however.

The important thing is, with digital video & the web where it is, it is now possible to make & distribute movies for $0 if you had to (grab your iPhone, grab 2 volunteer actors, shoot a short, upload to Vimeo or YouTube, promote it through social media, etc).  Also, if you want to take the time to do so, you can spend a few years and raise a couple of million $s to make & release a movie w/ known actors, etc.

Making a good movie is always a challenge.  Making money from movies is always a challenge.  But, if you want to make movies your art work, & then make that work available for people to buy & or check out, it is possible to do so now, for we live in the Glory Days of Indie Film.

Here's Coppola on his method of making film art - http://99u.com/articles/6973/Francis-Ford-Coppola-On-Risk-Money-Craft-Collaboration

Examples of how I will use this new reality, how I will use these Glory Days of Indie Film to make & release my own movies in 2014 are coming up.  In the works - 2 new features (Breakthrough Weekend, Brooklyn Fantastic), film festival submissions, a week long run in NYC, a possible film screening series and very rough ideas for a possible film festival, increased presence on the web re: my film work, increased marketing & advertising in the regular world re: my film work.  Details & links as they happen.  I am going to make 2014 a breakthrough year for my indie art filmmaking & distribution work :)

- Sujewa


A new phase in indie film, a new set of related & significant activities, perhaps a new 'movement' - coming soon...

... 2014 will be a breakthrough year for a new thing in indie film.

Details coming to this blog in the coming days and weeks.

Yes, indie film will transform the world for the better this year.

It will be EPIC :)

- Sujewa


Trailer for the most recent Chantal Ackerman film 'Almayer's Folly'


Check out a New York Times review of the movie here.

More on Chantal Ackerman on Wikipedia.

- Sujewa



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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Check out Sue Gardner's excellent blog

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, writes at length about a lot of interesting topics at her blog.

From her post about what's wrong with non-profits - "Preface! I’ve always been irritated by people who assume nonprofitland is self-evidently suckier than forprofitland. I’m particularly irritated by people who say that nonprofits “should be more businesslike,” with businesslike as a kind of confused stand-in for “better.” That just seems dumb to me — I feel like it’s obvious that nonprofits function in a specific context including challenges unique to the sector, and that solutions aimed at increasing our effectiveness needed to be designed to respond specifically to those actual, real circumstances. That’s what this post is about: my goal is to describe a serious problem, and point to where I believe we’re beginning to see solutions emerge."

Read the full article here - http://suegardner.org/2013/10/20/whats-really-wrong-with-nonprofits-and-how-we-can-fix-it/

Also, on how Wikipedia "got it wrong" on Chelsea Manning.

And many more interesting articles at her blog.

- S



Brooklyn Fitness, Brooklyn Personal Trainer - Sharissa Reichert - A Brooklyn Fitness Blog - http://brooklynfitnesssharissa.blogspot.com




Indie Film Blogger Road Trip

At DIY Filmmaker Blog's Facebook Page


BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND Teaser Trailer on Vimeo

Breakthrough Weekend teaser trailer on YouTube

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